Oct. 6: Cyberpunk Cinema, music and more

Courtesy photoThe War on Drugs

Who's in town

Jim Lahr, dramatic critic for The New Yorker, discusses his book, “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh,” in conversation with Carey Perloff, artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater. [7 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Lectures

Long-term goals: PayPal co-founder and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel speaks about harnessing the power of long-term thinking in his new book, “Zero to One.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Flour + Water: Learn how chef Thomas McNaughton turned a $500 stove and a simple concept into Flour + Water, one of the most respected Italian restaurants in town. “Mythbusters” star Adam Savage appears in conversation with McNaughton. A cocktail hour precedes the talk, and a dinner follows. [6:30 p.m. program, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Poverty fight: Mal Warwick, co-author of “The Business Solution to Poverty,” says the private sector can fight poverty by creating income-generating products to help the poor escape poverty. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Neuroscience and the teenage brain: The Parents Coalition invites Dr. Dan Siegal to speak about his latest book, “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain,” which explores the notion that youths' brains are designed for social connections and innovation. [7:30 p.m., Lick Wilmerding High School, 770 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

'Family Portraits': Writer Sam Orchard is touring the country to speak about “Family Portraits,” an inclusive series about who people who are LGBT and more. [6 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

At the public library

Spooky crafts: Halloween is almost here, so it's the perfect time to learn the ancient art of making spiders out of pipe cleaners. [10:30 a.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Writer talk: James Beard Award winner John Birdsall discusses his creative nonfiction. [7 p.m., Humanities Auditorium, Humanities Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Design: Colin Applegate and Karen Glik's art consultancy in Washington, D.C., works with architects and designers to identify needs and find opportunities for artwork in projects. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Walking tour: Explore the historic Palace Hotel, where President Warren G. Harding died in the presidential room. [3 p.m., Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.]

Bar cinema: Cyberpunk Cinema screens classic cyberpunk films twice a month at The Knockout bar. Tonight's film is 1983's “Videodrome.” [6:30 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

Open-mic comedy: The new Doc's Lab hosts an open-mic comedy night. [7 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Comedy night: “Misery Index” Dysfunctional Comedy Night puts the “fun” back in dysfunctional living. [9 p.m., The Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St., S.F.]

Music: The War on Drugs, hailing from Philadelphia, hits the West Coast with a new album, “Lost in the Dream.” [8 p.m., Filllmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

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